Welcome to Monday Mocks, where I’ll bring you a…you guessed it, a new mock draft every Monday during the off-season. In my opinion, drafting is the best part of fantasy football, so I do as much of that as I can. This series will be filled with all types of mocks. We’ll draft startups, rookies, devys and more.
With the Senior Bowl in the books, it was time for another rookie mock draft. This time, the DLF team got together for a 1QB mock and here are the results:
1.01 Isaiah Spiller, RB Texas A&M
Once considered the favorite to be the RB1 in the class, Spiller’s draft stock, at least according to NFL Mock drafters, has tumbled. According to Grinding the Mocks, Spiller’s average mock draft position is barely inside the second round. Obviously, Spiller still has his believers based on this 1.01 draft position, but this could be an example of a player the dynasty community likes more the NFL.
1.02 Treylon Burks, WR Arkansas
The Arkansas star receiver, Burks has seemingly solidified himself as the top wideout in the class, though the NFL Combine could certainly shake things up. Burks posted career highs across the board this past season with over 1,100 yards and 11 touchdowns on 66 receptions. Despite his big frame, he also made an impact on the ground with 29 carries for nearly 200 yards over the past two seasons. With teams seeing how the 49ers used Deebo Samuel this season, this could be a huge factor in Burks’ evaluation and ultimate draft position.
1.03 Breece Hall, RB Iowa State
The other top back in the class, consider by most as the RB1 is Hall, who has coincidentally drawn comparisons to another former Iowa State back, David Montgomery. While Montgomery’s NFL success can be debated, he entered the league as a “do it all” type back, as does Hall. His elite college production and skill set in the passing game should make Hall the first back drafted come NFL Draft weekend.
1.04 Garrett Wilson, WR Ohio State
We know the Buckeyes are always loaded, especially at the wide receiver position. This past season, Wilson played alongside fellow 2022 rookie Chris Olave as well as the early favorite to be the 2023 rookie WR1, Jaxon Smith-Njigba. That competition among his teammates may have limited his counting statistics but Wilson’s talent has been evident throughout his three-year career. Seemingly locked in as a first rounder and expected to be one of the top wideouts selected, Wilson is an easy pick after the top two backs and Burks, if not higher.
1.05 Drake London, WR USC
Speaking of competition from a crowded depth chart, that is just what London dealt with at Southern Cal, until this season. Playing behind dynasty risers like Michael Pittman and Amon-Ra St. Brown his first two seasons, 2021 was supposed to be the breakout year for London. It started out that way as he racked up over 1,000 yards and seven scores on 88 receptions through the first eight games. In that eighth contest though, London suffered a season-ending ankle fracture that cut short an amazing season. Still, London did enough to not only prove it was the right call for him to make the leap to the league, but he also likely played himself into a Day One pick.
1.06 Kenneth Walker III, RB Michigan State
Walker is one of the major success stories of the rookie class. After entering college as a three-star recruit, Walker landed at Wake Forest and produced 579 rushing yards in each of his first two years. While that was a respectable level of production, Walker clearly had more in mind. He transferred to Michigan State for his junior season and broke out with over 1,700 total yards and 19 scores. Walker is somewhat limited by both his speed and lack of work in the passing game. Dynasty managers could hold these against him, though he should not fall much further than the middle of the first round of 1QB rookie drafts.
1.07 David Bell, WR Purdue
Devy fantasy players are very familiar with Bell after he broke out as a true freshman for Purdue. In fact, Bell stepped in and outproduced the oft-injured Rondale Moore in both years the pair were teammates. Bell was the Big Ten Freshman of the Year in 2019. For those who rely on metrics like Breakout Age or Dominator Rating, Bell will be a top target. He broke out at age 18 and owned a 30+% Dominator Rating over his three-year career. Bell did show some inconsistencies in production his speed will not wow anyone but he’s an excellent example of the depth of this wideout class.
1.08 Chris Olave, WR Ohio State
The second Buckeye wideout on the list is Olave, a player who most expected to be part of the 2021 class. Instead, he went back to school for a final season, helping to form the best trio of wideouts in college football. Olave was an unheralded three-star recruit when he arrived at Ohio State and played a minor role on the stacked 2018 squad. With multiple receivers headed to the NFL following that season, including Terry McLaurin, Olave had a chance for an increased role. He took advantage, scoring 12 touchdowns on a 48/840 stat line. By the end of his junior season, Olave was being projected by some as a late first-round pick but that didn’t sway him from returning. Olave likely didn’t gain any value in the NFL or dynasty leagues by returning to school but he could still show up late in the first round of the NFL Draft.
1.09 Jameson Williams, WR Alabama
How stacked are the Buckeyes? Williams had to transfer to Alabama just to get some playing time. After totaling 15 receptions in two seasons for Ohio State, Williams became a star for the Crimson Tide. He caught 79 balls for over 1,500 yards and 15 scores, serving as a deep threat for Heisman Trophy quarterback Bryce Young. Williams suffered a torn ACL in the National Championship game but that wasn’t enough to keep him in school. Williams should be ready for training camp and is locked in as a first-round pick.
1.10 Jahan Dotson, WR Penn State
I love that Dotson improved every year of his Penn State career, finishing with over 1,110 yards and 12 scores in his final year. Dotson was also a state champion track star and showed off his wiggles on seemingly every reception. Factor in his special teams contributions and this is a player that will be drafted much higher than fantasy players expect. Landing spot and draft capital will be crucial in sorting out this wide receiver tier and Dotson was fourth in a string of six straight wideouts in this mock draft.
1.11 Wan’Dale Robinson, WR Kentucky
Like the previously discussed Walker, Robinson saw his NFL stock dramatically increase following a transfer. Heading back home to Kentucky, Robinson was treated like a full-time receiver for the Wildcats and broke out setting a new school record with 104 receptions, good for over 1,300 yards and seven scores. While Robinson transferred in order to show off his receiver skills, he does have a history of being used as a runner as well, which will be a major draw to NFL teams.
1.12 George Pickens, WR Georgia
If not for injuries, Pickens could have been at the top of this list instead of rounding out the top-twelve. Pickens was a devy darling after his freshman season at Georgia, catching 49 passes for 727 yards and eight touchdowns. An ACL tear limited Pickens to just twelve games in his final two seasons. The NFL will tell us what they think of Pickens via draft capital, and then dynasty managers will be able to decide how to accurately value the Georgia product.
2.01 Kyren Williams, RB Notre Dame
2.02 Tyler Allgeier, RB BYU
2.03 Rachaad White, RB Arizona State
2.04 Trey McBride, TE Colorado State
2.05 Skyy Moore, WR Western Michigan
2.06 Zamir White, RB Georgia
2.07 John Metchie, WR Alabama
2.08 Christian Watson, WR North Dakota State
2.09 Kennedy Brooks, RB Oklahoma
2.10 Matt Corral, QB Mississippi
2.11 Malik Willis, QB Liberty
2.12 Jerome Ford, RB Cincinnati
The second round features the top tight end, a pair of quarterbacks and a few players have seen their value spike after a strong week at the Senior Bowl. After an impressive weak in Mobile, McBride has staked claim to the TE1 spot with seemingly little competition. North Dakota State product Watson is suddenly on the dynasty radar after his big week, while to top story from Mobile might have been Willis. In a year when we aren’t sure who will be the QB1 or how early NFL teams will take a shot on the crop of signal-callers, the upside of Willis could make him appealing, especially when looking for options late in Round Two.